New tools and resources from the PRC to help limit children’s screen time.
We frequently hear from parents about the challenges of limiting the amount of time children spend in front of the television, computers, video games, smartphones, and tablets. Technology can be educational and fun. But, children are spending more and more time in front of all these different screens. Too much exposure can have a negative effect on their eating habits, schoolwork, and sleep. Healthy kids need healthy limits on their screen time. Continue reading
An HPRC study increases children’s water intake during snack time with stronger effects for programs with kitchens, low child-to-staff ratios, experienced directors, and improved school support. Continue reading
An HPRC study found that the Out-of-School Nutrition and Physical Activity Observational Practice Assessment Tool (OSNAP-OPAT) can assist researchers and practitioners in validly assessing nutrition and physical activity environments and behaviors in afterschool settings. Continue reading
An HPRC study found that children consumed more salty and sugary foods and nearly twice as many calories when they brought their own after-school snack, as compared to when they consumed only program-provided snacks. Continue reading
The OSNAP Online Learning Community brings together afterschool staff to work through the process of making practice, policy, and environmental changes in their programs.
Join afterschool and out-of-school time programs from across the country to improve children’s physical activity, nutrition, and screen time habits in your program!
This year’s November APHA meeting, “Healthography,” explores how health challenges are dictated by place.
Be sure to look for HPRC researchers at the following presentations on Monday, November 17th and Tuesday, November 18th. Continue reading
Keep it Flowing: A Practical Guide to School Drinking Water Planning, Maintenance & Repair, addresses the practical side of drinking water in schools by outlining the steps needed to provide adequate numbers of properly maintained drinking fountains and tap water dispensers in school buildings.
It is designed for the people who make our nation’s schools run day-in and day-out, including those within state and tribal agencies and organizations, districts, school boards and local education authorities and schools. Continue reading
Primary care is an opportune setting to contribute to obesity prevention and treatment. However, there is limited evidence for effective and sustainable interventions in primary care. The Maine Youth Overweight Collaborative (MYOC) successfully affected office systems, provider behavior, and patient experience, back in 2009.
This follow-up study by HPRC’s Dr. Steven Gortmaker and Dr. Michele Polacsek found sustainable improvements in clinical decision support and family management of risk behaviors within a primary-care-based approach to addressing overweight risk among children and youth. Continue reading
Interested in making your child’s after school environment healthier? See how your after-school program can sign up for OSNAP.
Join the Boston community in celebrating the opening of the Woolson Street Community Garden this Saturday!
This project was featured in this past year’s Leaders in Health Community Training Program, by cohort member Mirlande Joseph. Continue reading